My Sunday Photo – June 18th, 2017.

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Pre-Freya I would have probably run a mile if this thing came near me but her fascination with anything and everything has not only made me curious but also a little bit braver (unless it’s a wasp, then I’m like an olympic sprinter).

I *think* this is a red-headed cardinal beetle (although I’m ready to be corrected).

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It took a liking to my father-in-law while we were walking at Cley Marshes recently and spent some time exploring his hand, giving me plenty of opportunity to snap some pics.

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I discovered this little one (maybe a green weevil) in Freya’s hair and just thought its face was cute – it reminds me of a dog. What you can’t really see is the gorgeous metallic green colour (it was only about half a centimetre and quite hard to photograph).

To continue bug week, this one one was again taken at Cley Marshes. It is (possibly) a thick-legged flower beetle. Again, a gorgeous metallic colour.

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I feel like, by running away from them all these years, I’ve been missing out on some amazing sights. I’ve got a lot to catch up on.

To see if any other bugs have turned up in #MySundayPhoto pics this week please click on the camera below.

Please also pop back tomorrow, if you have a mo, because I have interviewed another wonderful author for my Behind The Book series (this time a writer of children’s books with the Best. Name. Ever).

Wishing you a fabulous week.

Photalife

My Sunday Photo – June 4th, 2017.

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We visited Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Ranworth Broad over the bank holiday weekend and, as Freya loves boats, booked one of their guided trips.

Our skipper, the lovely and very knowledgeable Maurice, warned us that it had been a bit quiet that day but I was happy just to be on the water with my little family.

Having said that, there was a certain amount of glee when we not only spotted two herons (a family favourite) but then two marsh harriers flying in the distance.

The largest and broadest-winged of the harriers, it was once extinct in this country as a result of habitat loss and persecution. Its population has been slowly and steadily increasing and now more than 100 females nest in Norfolk each year (although it’s still on the Amber List, according to the RSPB).

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As we turned back, we spotted this one just sitting waiting for me to photograph it. I’m quite proud that I didn’t accidentally drop Freya overboard in my excitement #parentingwin.

Still holding her with one hand and the camera in the other, I kept snapping away as it spotted its lunch and set off.

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They are not the best photos but seeing the marsh harrier in the wild was a thrilling experience – even Freya is still talking about it.

To see what other people have been photographing this week please click on the camera below. I’ll be sharing a full post about Ranworth Broad (including some lovely herons) shortly.

Photalife

My Sunday Photo – May 28th, 2017.

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We visited Sheringham Park last Sunday but only when I got home did I realise my camera had been on the wrong setting all day (I thought it was my eyes!).

A couple of them sort of came out ok, including this one.

I hope you’re all safe and well.

Photalife